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Trump staffers not returning White House records, National Archives says

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A detailed property inventory of documents and other items seized from former U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate shows the seizure of dozens of empty folders marked "Classified" or marked that they were to be returned to the presi

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former President Donald Trump's administration has not turned over all presidential records and the National Archives will consult with the Justice Department on whether to move to get them back, the agency has told Congress.

A congressional panel on Sept. 13 sought an urgent review by the National Archives and Records Administration after agency staff members acknowledged that they did not know if all presidential records from Trump's White House had been turned over.

"While there is no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we do know that we do not have custody of everything we should," acting Archivist Debra Wall said in a letter Friday to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

The Archives knows some White House staffers conducted official business on personal electronic messaging accounts that were that were not copied or forwarded to their official accounts, in violation of the Presidential Records Act, Wall said.

"NARA has been able to obtain such records from a number of former officials and will continue to pursue the return of similar types of presidential records from former officials," Wall said in the letter, first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

She said the Archives, the federal agency charged with preserving government records, would consult with the Department of Justice on "whether to initiate an action for the recovery of records unlawfully removed."

The Oversight Committee's chairwoman, representative Carolyn Maloney, said in a statement she would do everything in her power to ensure the return of all records and prevent future abuses.

"Former President Trump and his senior staff have shown an utter disregard for the rule of law and our national security by failing to return presidential records as the law requires," Maloney, whose committee shared a copy of the letter with Reuters, said in a statement.

Representatives for Trump did not return a request for comment on the matter.

Trump is facing a criminal investigation by the Justice Department for retaining government records - some marked as highly classified, including "top secret" - at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida after leaving office in January 2021.

The FBI seized more than 11,000 records, including about 100 documents marked as classified, in a court-approved Aug. 8 search at Mar-a-Lago.

The Justice Department and Trump's lawyers have been locked in a legal battle over how the records are handled. Government lawyers have been granted access to the classified documents but on Friday asked an appeals court to expedite its ability to access the non-classified documents seized in Florida.

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gab nea
gab nea Oct 03, 2022 8:07AM ET
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trump has shown to be a putin sympathizer, is he a russian asset and a big liar?
gab nea
gab nea Oct 03, 2022 7:09AM ET
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great article exposing the criminal circle around trump and his senior staff! this is one of several laws they broken, vote the crooks out!
gab nea
gab nea Oct 03, 2022 7:06AM ET
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" trump, his senior staff have shown utter disregard of law and order" , the Republican party is now a lawless party, a repeat lawlessness, vote them out if they dont obey the law of the land! move to russia, please!
Michael Mcdonough
Michael Mcdonough Oct 03, 2022 6:25AM ET
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Hunter Biden Laptop should be focus
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Oct 03, 2022 6:25AM ET
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And bigfoot and the moon landing too!
John Laurens
John Laurens Oct 02, 2022 6:48PM ET
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More deep state snowflakes crying publicly. Such embarrassing little whiners should try to get all the missing Obummmer and Clinton docs unless they’ve been burned and deleted.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Oct 02, 2022 6:48PM ET
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so you are saying the Trump administration didn't do their jobs in getting the Obama/Clinton documents back?
John Laurens
John Laurens Oct 02, 2022 6:48PM ET
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Tre Hsi  How's beijing today?
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Oct 02, 2022 6:48PM ET
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John Laurens  great, especially the factories making all the Trump and MAGA merchandises, revenue going up every year
John Laurens
John Laurens Oct 02, 2022 6:48PM ET
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lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Oct 02, 2022 6:48PM ET
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tre, I guess we know who will win in 24, based on product sales
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Oct 02, 2022 6:39PM ET
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Republicans are criminals??
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Oct 02, 2022 6:39PM ET
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Benjamin Arnold, please give 1 example of proven crime. only accusations by crying libs
Adrian White
Adrian White Oct 02, 2022 6:39PM ET
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lakes Tenn, have you forgotten the numbers of people in Trump's inner circle who have either been charged or already convicted of crimes? And don't forget all his cronies who he pardoned, too, including "pre-emptive pardons".
Adrian White
Adrian White Oct 02, 2022 6:39PM ET
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lakes Tenn, have you forgotten the numbers of people in Trump's inner circle who have either been charged or already convicted of crimes? And don't forget all his cronies who he pardoned, too, including "pre-emptive pardons".
Brad Albright
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Adrian White  He hasn't forgotten. He doesn't care. His shtick is gainsaying, not grappling with the truth. Manafort, Gates, Stone, Cohen, Papadopoulos, Flynn, Weisselberg -- anybody paying the least amount of attention is aware of these convicted Trumpers. And many more convictions have yet to be adjudicated. Trump himself could be sent to prison and some people will continue to insist Trump and republicans are saints.
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Oct 02, 2022 3:34PM ET
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there is no proof of a biden crime family....but plenty of proof of a Trump crime family, proof that stretches back decades....
Michael Mcdonough
Michael Mcdonough Oct 02, 2022 2:54PM ET
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Should be focusing on Biden Crime Family
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Oct 02, 2022 2:54PM ET
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Triggered cuck and Russisn asset lol
Todd Kacsmar
Todd Kacsmar Oct 02, 2022 2:54PM ET
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Benjamin USA  Biden is Chinese asset
gab nea
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trump is a russian asset?
 
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